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A man accused of using a hammer to attack Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at their San Francisco home on Friday faces federal and state charges, officials said Monday.
Included in court filings, an FBI statement that was unsealed gave new details about what happened.
Here’s what happened, according to police:
- Federal court filings say police arrived at the home shortly after Paul Pelosi called 911.
- When the door opened, Pelosi and the suspect, David DePape, were both “holding the hammer with one hand and DePape was holding onto Pelosi’s forearm with the other,” according to the FBI statement.
- When the officers asked Pelosi and DePape to drop the hammer, DePape allegedly pulled it back and struck Pelosi in the head. A source familiar with the matter later told CNN that Pelosi was shot twice. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott previously said Pelosi was hit “at least once.”
- Pelosi “appeared to be unconscious on the ground” after being hit, according to the affidavit.
- Pelosi was taken to a hospital and underwent “successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office said in a previous statement.
What else to know:
David DePape has been indicted on federal charges of assault and attempted kidnapping, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced. The attempted kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and the assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins also announced additional state charges, including attempted murder.
The suspect was able to enter the home by breaking a rear glass door, Jenkins said, adding that DePape allegedly went upstairs where Pelosi was sleeping. She said he woke him up and confronted him about the speaker’s whereabouts. Pelosi tried to get to the elevator in the house where, according to Jenkins, there was a phone, but the suspect blocked it. “At some point after that, Mr. Pelosi asked to go to the restroom, where he was able to call 911 from his cell phone,” she said, adding that the suspect then brought Pelosi downstairs near the front door.
Pelosi’s 911 call
A court filing related to the federal charges says that Paul Pelosi “made statements that there was a man in the house and that the man would be waiting for Pelosi’s wife. Pelosi went on to say that she did not know who the man was. The man said his name was David,” the FBI agent said in an affidavit. CNN previously reported that Pelosi was able to keep the line open and the dispatcher could hear the conversation in the background.
I’m looking for Nancy Pelosi
DePape admitted in an interview with local police that he intended to find Nancy Pelosi and hold her hostage, according to the criminal complaint. It added that DePape, “stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her. If Nancy told DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he would break her ‘kneecaps.’” The affidavit goes on to say that DePape told police that Nancy Pelosi was “the leader.” pack” of lies promoted by the Democratic Party.
Interviews with Pelosi and the suspect
Investigators interviewed Paul Pelosi this weekend at the hospital and he was able to provide details of the attack, two law enforcement sources and a source familiar with the matter told CNN. DePape was read his Miranda rights before he spoke to police and admitted his intentions to kidnap the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, according to records.
The police have not officially determined the suspect’s motive. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said at a news conference Friday that the attack was “deliberate” and “not a random act.” The unsealed affidavit said, “DePape had zip ties, tape, rope and at least one hammer with him that morning.”
What’s next: The suspect is expected to be arraigned Tuesday, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said.
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